Clinical

Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Transforming mental health services so people can ‘live, love and do’ in Barnet

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust in London has introduced a new approach...

Cognitive behaviour therapy-trained staff’s views on professional accreditation

Many cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) trained mental health professionals seek non-...

Monitoring adherence to organisational core values in a medium secure hospital

Background Core values represent a framework of guiding principles that can improve team...

‘I AM A STAR’: a mnemonic for undertaking a mental state examination

Nurse lecturers should aim to create learning experiences that link theory and practice. The...

Online simulated clinical experiences in mental health nursing practice

Securing mental health clinical placements for nursing students in Canada is becoming more...

Do third-year mental health nursing students feel prepared to assess physical health?

Background The life expectancy for people with mental health issues is significantly lower...

The care programme approach and the politics of ‘personality disorder’

A postgraduate mental health nursing student refers to an incident in practice to reflect on...

Nurses’ views on reflective practice sessions in a medium secure unit

Aim Reflective practice is essential in the development of autonomous, critical and advanced...

Therapeutic pluralism in mental health nursing practice

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a much-debated subject in terms of its efficacy and...

Nursing students’ attitudes towards patients with borderline personality disorder

Background Negative attitudes and stigma towards patients with borderline personality...

An audit of service users’ perception of choice in a 24-hour mental health setting

Background Choice enables patient autonomy and independence, and equalises power dynamics...

Out of the shadows: de-medicalising mental health nursing

This article examines the idea of mental health nursing as separate from psychiatry, but...

The concept of recovery and its practical application

Recovery is a contested concept and definitions of it are scattered across various contexts...

The spiritual needs of inpatient mental health service users: theoretical and practical...

This article introduces the concept of spirituality in mental healthcare and its relevance...

Language use and recovery-oriented practice: a preliminary outline

Despite stronger regulation, there is persistent public concern about the practice values of...

Singing to promote mental health and well-being

This article reports on a qualitative research project that explored the benefits of...

Evaluation of Safewards in forensic mental health: a response

Safewards is a multimodal intervention aimed at reducing conflict and containment events in...

The benefits of therapeutic writing in acute psychiatric units

This article outlines the flexible approach developed by a writing practitioner when leading...

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